SACRAMENTO STATE NAMES MARSHALL SPERBECK HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marshall Sperbeck was named the head football coach at Sacramento State, it was announced at a press conference today by University President Alexander Gonzalez. Sperbeck becomes the ninth football coach in school history.
Prior to coming to the Hornets, Sperbeck was the head football coach at Foothill College in Los Altos, Calif., for the past 15 years. During that time, he produced a 109-53 overall record and led the Owls to 11 bowl games. This past season, Foothill was 10-1 overall and tied for the Northern California Football Association title. The team advanced to the Silicon Valley Bowl where it downed Sierra College, 24-0.
“We interviewed some very strong candidates, and that made this a tough choice,” Gonzalez said. “But it is clear to me that Coach Sperbeck is the man for the job. He has a demonstrated commitment to his players, a strong sense of the importance of academics and deep ties in this community. We’re proud to welcome him to the Sacramento State family.”
In 2006, Foothill was one of the top offensive teams in the state with Sperbeck calling the plays. The Owls led all California Junior Colleges with 478.8 yards per game. Foothill also ranked at the top of the list with 590.2 all-purpose yards per game, 7.2 yards per play and 9.6 yards per pass attempt. The Owls were also second in the state with 58 touchdowns and 42.8 points per game.
Foothill ended the season as the top-ranked team in Northern California and scored at least 40 points in seven of its 10 regular season games.
Since 1998, Sperbeck’s teams have won at least eight games in all but one season. Those teams have also produced an 8-0 record in bowl games.
“This is a very exciting day for Sacramento State athletics,” Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said.
“When we started this search, we were looking for a person with proven coaching success as well as ties to the local community and Marshall Sperbeck brings all that and more to the position.
“He is a highly-regarded coach with an impressive track record of success both on the field and in the classroom.”
A native of Sacramento, Sperbeck graduated from Valley High School. He later played at the University of Nevada from 1981-82 and led the team to a pair of winning seasons while throwing for 2,425 yards.
Following college, he had two stints in NFL training camps before joining the Foothill staff as an assistant coach in 1985. He coached the quarterbacks and receivers and was later elevated to offensive coordinator before becoming head coach in 1992.
Sperbeck earned a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education from Nevada in 1984 and later added a master’s of education from United States International in 1989.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Marshall is as good of a coach as there is out there. His record speaks for itself. When you can get it done the way he has at Foothill Junior College, I have no doubt he will be very successful at Sacramento State.”
Chris Peterson, Head Coach
“Marshall Sperbeck is exactly what Sacramento State needs. He is a quality coach with a great work ethic and an excellent football mind. More importantly, his character is impeccable. I’m confident that Marshall will bring credibility to the football program and be a very positive asset for the University.”
Chris Ault, Head Coach
“I have known Marshall for the past 15 years and through our discussions, I have always respected his knowledge of the game of football. His teams are well prepared and his leadership is evident in the way his Foothill teams have performed.”
Hall of Fame Quarterback & Super Bowl MVP
“I have known Marshall for at least 30 years – he played for me at Valley (High School). I saw him go through the ranks and helped him prepare for college and beyond. I can tell you he is one of the hardest working coaches I’ve ever come across. I have seen him mature as a person and as a coach and think enough of him to have sent a son to Los Altos; not just for the football aspect but because he is a great role model.
“I am glad to see Sacramento State went in this direction. He will do well, both in the win/loss category as well as in
getting community support.”
Dave Hoskins, Co-Head Coach
Elk Grove High School